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Here Are 3 Similarities Between Dating And Leasing A Car

Here Are 3 Similarities Between Dating And Leasing A Car

Have you ever heard the phrase “Treat her like you treat your car”? Well, there is a lot of wisdom behind these words. A man usually treats his car like he treats his wife or girlfriend, and I am not the only one who says this. Starting from this old saying, I found a number of similarities between dating and leasing a car. In fact, one can say these things also apply to buying a car.

1. Everything starts with a test drive

Before you agree to lease or buy a car, you are going to do a test drive. The first couple of weeks after meeting a new person are pretty similar to a test drive. You get to know each other and see if you are really the same person as “advertised” online or in the messages you’ve exchanged. During this phase of dating, you decide whether you can become a real couple or whether it’s time to move on and find someone else. If you do like what you see during the test drive, you are going to move into an “exclusive” relationship, just like you would do with a car. But right now, things are not yet final.

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2. The actual relationship

After the test drive, it’s time to sign the lease. Depending on your age, the lease on a car might get shorter. For example, if you’re 40, the lease is about one year long, but if you’re 20, the lease is around two years. If you decide to buy a used, vintage car, its age will dictate the length of your relationship. Looking at relationships, your age also affects your behavior. There are many young couples who stay together for 8 or more years before deciding to take the next step. If you are in your 40s, things change: you are likely to want to tie the knot or move on, because by this time you already know what you want from your life and you know each moment is precious.

3. The big decision

There comes a moment in a relationship when you have to make a decision: you either continue with the same person or you break up. This is the same as the moment when the lease is over: are you going to buy or not?

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In a relationship, you eventually have to do something. You won’t be able to carry on with the relationship as a girlfriend or boyfriend forever. You either marry or split. Or, you have a baby or move in together.

These three phases in a relationship with a car have a clear start and finish point. Similarly, human relationships have their own start and finish points. If you are going to stay in the first phase longer than a couple of months, you’re not ready to commit, so you should be moving on. If not for your own sake, do it for the sake of your partner. Give yourself and your partner the chance to find happiness somewhere else.

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If you test a car and find that you don’t fit, you move on and test another car. So, why would you chose to stay and try to make it work with a human? Life happens here and now, so there is no point in waiting in an idle state where you always say “maybe.”

If the other person is not ready to commit, regardless of the reason why, you have to move on. If you don’t do it, you risk making your life miserable, because frustration and resentments will creep into your heart.

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And there is yet another reason dating is the same as renting a car: if you break the lease, aka the relationship, and then you get back together with the same car, aka person, you will be buying it, aka marrying them.

What’s the take away lesson?

People almost never compromise when they are faced with leasing a car or buying a car. No one would settle for a less-than-great car when they know they can find one they want. Why would you settle for living with a person whom you know is not THE ONE?

If in doubt, treat him or her like you would treat your car. That’s probably the most realistic dating advice you will ever read!

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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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